In the third wave of pre-lawsuit letters targeting illegal file sharers on
college campuses, the RIAA today sent 413 letters to 21 universities as part
of its new anti-piracy initiative.

Each letter informs the school of a forthcoming copyright infringement suit
against one of its students or personnel, and requests that university
administrators forward that letter to the appropriate network user. The file sharers will then have an opportunity to resolve the claim at a discounted rate before a formal lawsuit is filed.

As part of the deterrence and education initiative, begun in February, the RIAA plans to send hundreds of pre-lawsuit letters. If the individuals do not resolve the claims within 20 days, the major labels intend to file lawsuits, according to an RIAA spokesperson.

Letters were sent today (April 10) to: Bates College (7 letters), Brown University (12), Central Michigan University (24), Colby College (5), College of William & Mary (12), Cornell University (19), Fairfield University (15), Florida International University (16), Indiana University (28), Keene State University (19), Kent State University (19), Morehead State University (10), Ohio University (50), Oklahoma State University (16), University of Massachusetts – Amherst (32), University of Maryland System (25), University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (23), University of New Hampshire (17), University of New Mexico (16), University of Pennsylvania (17), University of Rochester (22) and Williams College (9).

This third wave brings the total number of letters to 1,218.

A survey by Student Monitor from spring 2006 found that more than half of college students download music and movies illegally. According to market research firm NPD, college students alone accounted for more than 1.3 billion illegal music downloads in 2006. While college students represented only 10% of the sample in the new online NPD study, they accounted for 26% of all music downloading on P2P networks and 21% of all P2P users. College students surveyed by NPD reported that more than two-thirds of all the music they acquired was obtained illegally.